Complete with crenellations and turrets, this 1832-built castle, amid landscaped grounds on the scenic Sky Road, is straight out of a fairy tale. Spacious rooms and suites, complimentary afternoon tea with scones, a tennis court and billiards room are among its amenities. On Tuesdays its restaurant (mains €20 to €39) hosts an Irish night with trad music followed by storytelling.
A three-course dinner menu costs €49. Nonguests are welcome but need to book ahead.
Set in beautiful gardens in the heart of Connemara, the romantic Abbeyglen Castle Hotel has tennis courts, a spa bath and stunning views of Clifden and the Twelve Bens mountains. Abbeyglen Castle Hotel was built in 1832 and offers free afternoon tea, a new beauty and relaxation centre, and many indoor and outdoor facilities. Spacious rooms have a TV, DVD player and free Wi-Fi internet. The AA Rosette restaurant serves international cuisine and there are relaxing lounge areas to enjoy. The peaceful Abbeyglen has the Twelve Bens mountains as its backdrop, and is an ideal base for touring Connemara.